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Posted by admin on November 8, 2016
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Two months prior to Moving Day

– If you will use a mover, get a few estimates from moving companies.
– If you will move yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies.
– Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.
– Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter
(start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas).
– Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.).
– Choose a mover (or truck rental company).

Six weeks prior to Moving Day

– Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards. (Provided by Gillian Santink)
– Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
– Clean all closets and drawers.
– Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.

Four weeks prior to Moving Day

– Schedule disconnection / Connection of Hydro services for both homes.
– Schedule disconnection / Connection of Gas / Oil services for both homes
– Schedule disconnection / Connection of Phone services for both homes
– Schedule disconnection / Connection of Cable services for both homes
– If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck.
– Get packing supplies (Boxes, Tape, Markers, Labels)
– Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.
– Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
– Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.
– Arrange to have Insurance policy changed to new address.
– Contact Post office to arrange to have mail redirected (Can now be done on line at
– Plan your garage moving sale.
– Collect your important records: Including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal, insurance and financial documents; birth certificates and passports.

Three weeks prior to Moving Day

– Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.
– If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of the elevator.
– Hold your moving sale.

Two weeks prior to Moving Day

– Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale.
– Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
– Arrange to have Newspapers services changed to new address
– Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.
– Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
– Change your address – One week before your move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
– Pick up laundry — Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name and not just by the receipts you have.
– Pack a travel kit, so you have access to toiletries when you arrive at your new house.
-Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids.

One day prior to Moving Day

– Label all keys for new owners
– Place all appliance manuals / warrantees in one place for the new owners.
– Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.
– Find new homes for plants that will not be moved.
– Drain your waterbed.
– Defrost refrigerator and freezer. (If not frost free)
– Let movers pack your belongings (unless it’s a do-it-yourself move).
– Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.
– Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
– Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly Mark this box last load.
– Obtain cash to pay the movers.
– Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.
– If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.

Moving Day

– Stay cool, you have everything organized for a smooth move.
– Keep phone connected, or have cell phone in case you need to contact people
– Check all rooms and closets to be sure you haven’t left anything
– Arrive at your new home before movers.
– Carefully review movers Bill of Lading before signing.
– Check for any damaged items
– At new home, make sure utilities are on
– Relax, order dinner and take a long hot bath.

After the Move

– Unpack , then donate or flatten and recycle boxes
– Change the address on your drivers license and car insurance
– Plan your house warming party